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August 21, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS the eve of Independence Day and the Phillies were in Atlanta, but the season was already over. Nobody told Chase Utley. The manager, Ryne Sandberg, had quit on the team. Cole Hamels was pitching like a man resigned to another summer in purgatory. Ut? He was in the hallway between the visitors' clubhouse and the tunnel to the dugout, sitting at a table filled with video monitors. Alone, he watched himself hit, clip after clip after clip, an hour before the Phillies took batting practice.
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May 18, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago today, Chase Utley stood in front of his locker at Citizens Bank Park and packed for a West Coast trip. Utley tossed his fielder's glove, batting gloves, spikes, sneakers and sunglasses into a red equipment bag. He then reached into his locker, pulled out five brand-new ebony bats - gamers - and stuffed them into his bat bag. Before zipping the bat bag closed, Utley reached for the one piece of equipment he hadn't left home without...
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August 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IN THE BOTTOM of the first inning, Chase Utley stepped to the plate and hit a home run. It was the 14th time he had done so this season, good enough for fourth among major league second basemen. If anybody needed a reminder that the 34-year-old veteran was still one of baseball's best players at his position, here it was. Still, as he trotted around the bases to the hearty approval of the Citizens Bank Park crowd, you couldn't shake the feeling it was the beginning of another egregious miscalculation by a Phillies organization struggling to find the path toward a better tomorrow.
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September 8, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven days ago, Erik Kratz pointed his white, 1998 Honda Accord toward Harrisonburg, Va., and started the 270-mile drive home. "It's still a good ride," Kratz said of the car, which has taken him about 190,000 miles to and from obscurity. He thought about his wife, who is expecting the couple's third child in October. He thought about how he would spend the day away from baseball. He thought about how grateful he was, and then it hit him. "I drove down some familiar roads," Kratz said.
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July 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - A chair reserved for Chase Utley was positioned under a sign with his name on it, but the Phillies second baseman stood. He stared at the seat. Major League Baseball mandated that Utley - the lone Phillies all-star - spend 45 minutes Monday with reporters. He overcame career-threatening knee injuries to start Tuesday night for the National League, but circumstances overshadowed that accomplishment. "Are they trying to trade him?" Hunter Pence, a former teammate, wondered from across the room.
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June 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Physically, Chase Utley, who has battled an assortment of injuries throughout his career, including chronic knee pain, said he's OK. "Yeah, I feel fine," Utley said following the Phillies' 5-2 loss to the Reds yesterday. But after an 0-for-3 afternoon, his 28th hitless performance in 51 starts, you surely had to wonder if the veteran All-Star's woes are beginning to wear on his mind. With an opportunity to get the Phillies back in yesterday's game - two on, two out, down two runs in the seventh inning - Utley produced a lazy, inning-ending fly ball to leftfield in his final at-bat.
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May 4, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
So here's the deal: You get to invite any of the top stars in Philadelphia sports over to the house for dinner. We're talking hypothetically, of course, but just say you have that opportunity. Who would you invite? Ryan Howard? DeSean Jackson? Mike Richards? And what would you serve them? Would you go Italian? Send out for Chinese? Or perhaps you have a favorite dish that has been passed down through the generations? We asked you whom would you like to have over in the survey we conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University and you chose to chow down with Chase Utley.
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April 12, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WE ENTERED the season knowing that the Phillies needed a lot of things to go right in order for them to return to the postseason, and the last couple of nights have offered a tantalizing glimpse at the kind of team they can become if those things break in the proper direction. Of course, two nights make for a small sample size. The last time the Phillies had faced Jeremy Hefner, all seven of the batters they sent to the plate against him ended up scoring runs. But a lineup can only hit against the pitchers whom the other team sends to the mound, and in rattling off their first back-to-back victories of the season, Charlie Manuel's team did just that.
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August 9, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - When Pete Mackanin drew out his lineup before Friday night's series opener against the Padres, he didn't treat his newly activated second baseman as if he entered with a dismal .179 batting average. Mackanin looked at it as if he pushed the reset button on Utley's season, which resumed Friday after 37 games missed because of a right ankle injury. The six-time all-star reentered the Phillies' lineup as their second baseman and leadoff hitter, the first time in 11 seasons he batted out of the top spot.
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April 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writerlawrenr@phillynews.com
THE BALL came toward his head and baserunner Chase Utley did the natural thing. He ducked. After avoiding contact with Domonic Brown's heat-seeking missile of a base hit, Utley regained his footing and took off from first to second base. He didn't stop until he slid safely into third base. Utley then bounced back on his feet and prepared for the next step. It was March and he was playing baseball, so any next step he took was going to be a heck of a lot farther than any he made in the last two springs.
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August 24, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
A COUPLE of weeks ago, I was in New York and I went to see the show "Beautiful," a musical about the life of singer/songwriter Carole King. During the show, almost every one of her hits was performed, including one of my favorites, "So Far Away. " One of the lines in the song is "Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?" When I heard Wednesday night that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was traded, it made me think of those lyrics. The trouble with being a sports fan these days is that very few players remain with one team for their entire career.
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August 23, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
HOUSTON - Not long after the Dodgers were no-hit by Houston's Mike Fiers on Friday night, their clubhouse was a somber outpost of Minute Maid Park. Chase Utley, 0 for 4 in his debut in blue, dressed quickly. While departing from a silence he couldn't have imagined in the long lead-up to the deal that sent him home, he shrugged. "That's baseball," he said, betraying nothing. The carefully cultivated mask, a mix of cool and concentration that for 13 seasons Utley had donned as if it were a required part of his Phillies uniform, got tested on his first day as a Los Angeles Dodger.
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August 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Darnell Sweeney was getting ready to lead off and play center field in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night when he learned he was scratched from the lineup of the Dodgers' triple-A club. It didn't take much more than a scroll through Twitter to learn the reason. Sweeney's manager later officially alerted him that he had been traded to the Phillies. If that wasn't enough news, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called 20 minutes later and told Sweeney he was getting his first major-league promotion.
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August 22, 2015
ISSUE | GMOS 'Only two decades' In supporting Monsanto's dream bill, the Inquirer Editorial Board is out of touch with the general public ("GMO panic is bad policy," Aug. 14). Polls have consistently shown that Americans support labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. That is because labeling genetically engineered ingredients, which have been on the market for only two decades, just makes sense. Consumers have a right to information about how food was produced before they buy it. The broad-based support for GMO labeling is the reason Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine have passed laws to require it. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and corporations such as Monsanto have bankrolled the effort to pass federal legislation nullifying the state laws.
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August 22, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Around here, the hours that have passed since the Phillies traded Chase Utley to the Dodgers late Wednesday night have pretty much been a collective memory loop - people sharing their most treasured Utley moments, getting sentimental over someone who didn't have to reveal much of himself as a person to have a city's baseball fans appreciate him, even adore him, as a player. That's an important distinction, Utley the person vs. Utley the player, because the white lines of a field or court are always the best boundaries and limits to establish when praising a professional athlete.
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August 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The most apparent reminder that Chase Utley no longer plays for the Phillies was found Thursday inside the visiting team's video room at Marlins Park. This room lined with computer monitors - and the other stations like it across major-league baseball - was typically where one would find Utley, poring over immeasurable amounts of film of that night's starting pitcher or of his at-bats from the previous games. The iconic Phillies second baseman's absence was almost eerie. "It is weird," admitted Kevin Camiscioli, the team's longtime manager of video coaching services.
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August 21, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
EVERYONE KNOWS Chase Utley has uttered some memorable lines: "World [bleeping] champions," was the way he described his team to the tens of thousands who gathered at the parade for the Phillies in 2008. "Boo? [Bleep] you!" was his response to the jeering welcome he got at Yankee Stadium at the 2008 All-Star Game. But there have been some great quotes about Utley too. No one will ever top Harry Kalas' "Chase Utley you are the man!" But here are some other noteworthy quotes that have been said about Utley over the years: * Charlie Manuel: "You try telling Chase to take a day off and he has this look like you just killed his mother.
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August 21, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FOUR-RUN Phillies lead had just been cut in half as Andres Blanco dug a foot into the left side of the batter's box to begin the home half of the fifth inning last night. A single voice rose above the din of the crowd, militant at first but increasingly sad as his plea repeated. "We want Utley," he bellowed. "We . . . want . . . Utley. " Six pitches later, Blanco planted a 3-2 pitch from Toronto reliever Bo Schultz into the rightfield seats, extending the Phillies' lead to 5-2. The crowd roared.
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY emerged from the hallway that links the home clubhouse to the field at Citizens Bank Park, shot a quick look at the herd of reporters camped out in the dugout, and set his glove aside to join his teammates for pre-batting practice stretch. Minutes later, he was in the batting cage, taking his daily cuts with the rest of the reserves held out of last night's starting lineup. And then he was at second base, getting his pregame defense work in, too. Utley did all of these things in a Phillies uniform, the only uniform he's known since being drafted by the team 15 years ago. But less than an hour before Utley took the field, the Phillies had already agreed to send the franchise icon to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a trade first reported by cbssports.com.
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - The fact that there wasn't only one quintessential Chase Utley moment, but probably closer to a dozen, likely says more about his success and popularity in a Phillies uniform than anything else could. Yesterday, a day after the team traded its iconic second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Pete Mackanin recalled the 2009 World Series, when he finished his first season on the Phillies' coaching staff by watching Utley hit a Series record-tying five home runs against the Yankees.
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